ST 2830

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2830

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 10th January 2016

Morning All! This was only just into ** Territory for difficulty – I think that the large number of charades made this a lot easier for me.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.  You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five best!


1a           First-class traveller in vehicle coming back (6)
SUPERB – Place a REP or Traveller (travelling salesman) inside a BUS or vehicle and then reverse the lot (coming back)

4a           Device in kitchen occupying more space, we hear (6)
GRATER – A cheese GRATER is a homophone (we hear) of GREATER or occupying more space.

8a           Finally looked at variety of maple or other tree (4,4)
DATE PALM – The fial letter in (looke)D followed by AT from the clue and then an anagram (variety) of MAPLE.

10a         Local putting it back in centre of church (6)
NATIVE – The reversal (putting back) of IT from the clue inside a NAVE or central church aisle.

11a         Make a killing with capital I extracted from Scottish island (4)
SLAY – Remove or extract the capital I from the Scottish island of Islay.

12a         Agitated till our MP pens article with numerous extreme points (10)
MULTIPOLAR – An agitated anagram of TILL OUR MP surrounds (or pens) A for an article.

13a         Following first eleven — almost time for play (7,5)
TWELFTH-NIGHT – TWELFTH follows the first eleven numbers. Then add NIGH for almost/close and then T for Time.

16a         Doctor, the right kind, who knows best? (6,6)
MOTHER NATURE – A charade of MO (Medical Officer or doctor) then THE from the clue, R for Right and finally NATURE for kind/type.

20a         Details of contract quickly move around shopping area (5,5)
SMALL PRINT – SPRINT (quickly move) around the outside of a shopping MALL.

21a         Rabbit caught by bowler, say (4)
CHAT – C for Caught (from cricketing notation) followed by HAT – the bowler being an example thereof (indicated by ‘say’).

22a         Stop thinking about supporting contract (6)
FORGET – A charade of FOR (supporting) and GET (e.g. contract/get a disease).

23a         One holding up bar in part of India left job (8)
GOALPOST – Another charade, this time of GOA (part of India, L for Left and POST for job/position.

24a         Tries a novel, such as Gulliver’s Travels (6)
SATIRE – An anagram , indicated by novel(new), of TRIES I.

25a         King and I having views about succession (6)
SERIES – Take R for Rex/king and I from the clue and place inside SEES for views (SEES goes about or around).


1d           Naively accepts birds of passage (8)
SWALLOWS – A double definition.

2d           Devoutness shown by type I converted (5)
PIETY – A converted anagram of TYPE I.

3d           Study before college in US to get let in again (7)
READMIT – To READ or study at University followed by M.I.T – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

5d           Finish in arena that’s producing tears (7)
RENDING – Tears here are rips not blubbing. Place and END or finish inside a RING/arena.

6d           Retaliation as result of change of heart (3,3,3)
TIT FOR TAT – An observational clue – replacing the middle letters of the same word gives the answer.

7d           Celebrate holding a show (6)
REVEAL – Place A inside a REVEL or celebration.

9d           The old lady hanging around, presenting spurious complaint (11)
MALINGERING – The Old Lady is a mother or MA. Add LINGERING or hanging around.

14d         Fruit easy to transport that’s sought by celebrity (9)
LIMELIGHT – A charade of a LIME fruit and something that is LIGHT or easily portable.

15d         A Republican state, or another (8)
ARKANSAS – A from the clue then R for Republican followed by the state of KANSAS.

17d         Pressure good type to go into bank as better adviser (7)
TIPSTER – Place P for Pressure and ST for saint (a good type) inside a TIER or bank/row.

18d         Person having no reason to butt heads with cabinet (7)
NUTCASE – NUT (to butt heads with) and a CASE or cabinet.

19d         Show me up with superior ornament, in a way (6)
EMBOSS – The reversal (showing up) of ME – EM followed by a BOSS or superior.

21d         Island that’s cold most of month (5)
CAPRI – C for Cold followed by almost all of the month of APRI(L)

Thanks to Mr Greer for the puzzle. I’ll be back next week for another Sunday review.

One Comment

  1. Hilary
    Posted January 24, 2016 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Thanks Gnomey cannot find notes but looking at your comments indeed to remember enjoying this one with no particular favourite.